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Reflection and Thanks - June 2012

Here I am at the end of a year that has passed both quickly and slowly. I took the President’s job with a great deal of trepidation.

It is a big job, but the support group available for the President is simply wonderful. Although it is not possible to adequately express my gratitude to those who have helped me, I would like to use this opportunity to thank a few of them now.

I must start by thanking Judith Kendall, our Past President, for all her support. She has helped move me quickly along the learning curve of the President’s job. She has always been willing to provide advice and counsel, and I couldn’t have gotten by this year without her gracious help. I also want to especially thank our Minister, Meredith Garmon. His Zen-based counsel has provided me with a source of calm and composure that has truly helped keep me on an even keel. He told me his job was to “keep the President centered” and he has done that beautifully. He has also listened to my many ideas with interest and enthusiasm.

I am so grateful to the rest of the Governing Board for their cooperation, assistance and leadership. Leading is so much easier when you are working with a group of people you trust and enjoy. I would particularly like to thank Carol Wyatt, a good friend who took on the job of being Process Observer for the Board meetings and has helped me and the Board greatly in improving our meetings. And thanks to Cam Pierce, our Office Administrator, who has been invaluable in providing backup and support for me. His cheerful voice always makes my day. There are so many other people who deserve my thanks that I can’t begin to name them all. Many of you have helped me just by coming up to me and thanking me for the work I was doing, and offering to help however you could. Your kind words were appreciated more than you can know. Finally, I must thank my family for allowing me the time and space to serve as President. My husband, Barney, was supportive and understanding throughout the year. My mother, my children, and my grandchildren did not see as much of me as they wanted, but they held down their complaints.

For those who wonder if the job of President of our congregation is worth the time and effort, I say Yes! Despite the trial by fire, despite the occasional complaints, this was an extremely rewarding year. I have been stretched in ways I didn’t know were possible. I have developed new skills, improved old ones, and been spiritually enriched over this past year. So thank you, congregation, for believing in me, giving me this job, and supporting me throughout the year. It has been a blessing.

In Fellowship,


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